18 July 2007
Montreal (Canada) - From 4-8 September 2008, Montreal will host the first international conference and exposition on Ageing and Design at the Palais des Congres.
Montreal (Canada) - From 4-8 September 2008, Montreal will host the first international conference and exposition on Ageing and Design at the Palais des Congres. Organised by the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), these events are being held in parallel with the IFA's Global Conference on Ageing, under the common theme 'Defining Health, Participation and Security through an Enabling Environment'.

Icograda is pleased to extend its endorsement to the conference and exposition. The collaboration between the two international organisations is a natural fit, says Brenda Sanderson, Icograda's Managing Director. "Bringing together a broad stakeholder base to examine how design can address issues faced by ageing societies is directly liked to our strategic goals. Building an inclusive dialogue that recognises design's role in advancing the best interests of our communities exemplifies Icograda's mission to 'lead creatively'. To do this in Montreal, where both of our organisations are based, demonstrates Montreal's commitment to design."

The Ageing and Design conference will feature an interactive program, including plenary panel sessions, specialist highlight sessions and high-level international meetings. The Exposition will have 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in ageing and design. All events are focused on bringing together key stakeholders in the fields of ageing and design in an environment that provides cross-discipline dialogue and fosters partnerships for the future.

IFA has assembled an internationally representative programme committee, including:

Mr Francesc Aragall, President,
Design for All Foundation

Dr Chris Luebkeman, Director,
Foresight and Innovation Initiative, ARUP
United Kingdom

Prof Singanapalli Balaram, Principal Designer and Senior Professor
DJ Academy of Design

Ms Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director
Adaptive Environments
United States

Prof Avi Friedman, Director
Affordable Homes Program, McGill University

Mr Keiji Kawahara, Executive Director
International Association for Universal Design

Prof Pattie Moore, President
MooreDesign Associates
United States

Prof Rebecca Morgan
Boston Asset Management Faculty Chair in Elder Law
Stetson University College of Law
United States

Prof Ron Nabarro
Professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Mr Satoshi Nakagawa, President
Tripod Design Co., Ltd.

Dr Lawrence Normie, Managing Director
GeronTech, The Israeli Center for Assistive Technology and Aging
Jerusalem, Israel

Prof Jim Sandhu, Principal
Inclusive Design Research Associates Limited

United Kingdom

The events are being sponsored by AXA Canada Inc., Tourism Montreal, the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Jane Barratt
Secretary General
International Federation on Ageing
4398 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Suite 302
Montreal QC H2W 1Z5
T:+1 514 396 3358
F:+1 514 396 3378

About IFA
The IFA is a membership-based organisation committed to changing attitudes and pioneering ways of improving the quality of life of older people in all parts of the world; and creating environments that enable and empower them to participate in their communities. The events of 2008 will play a major role in advancing this goal.

For further information about the events, the IFA and how to become involved, please visit the event website at